A spokesperson for the US State Department has condemned North Korea's missile launches on Sunday as a provocative act.
The US official expressed concern about a recent series of missile launches by the North.
The spokesperson told NHK that such provocations raise tension in the region and move North Korea away from prosperity and safety it's been seeking.
The official said the United States will continue to closely work with South Korea to fulfill its duty to defend its allies.
Jul. 13, 2014 - Updated 00:38 UTC